Ahmedabad court grants bail to Rahul Gandhi in criminal defamation case

The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court on Friday granted bail to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in connection with a criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. The court will hear the matter again on September 7.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader had informed through a tweet that he would be appearing in another case filed against him by his political opponents in the RSS and BJP.

“I am in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms and opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. Satyameva Jayate,” he said in the tweet.

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Last year in August, two separate criminal defamation cases were filed against Rahul and party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala for their remark that Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB) had exchanged Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in November 2016.  Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a director of the bank.

“Within a mere five days of the implementation of the demonetisation drive, old denominations worth Rs 3,118 crore were deposited in 11 district corporative banks that had links to the BJP leaders. The most noteworthy of them was Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank, whose directors include BJP president Amit Shah,” Surjewala had said.

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